COVID-19: Ottawa cases, hospitalizations on the rise; Ontario reports 835 new cases

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Cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations, continue to rise on Saturday.


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Ottawa Public Health reported 25 new cases of COVID-19, with no new deaths.

That brings the total number of cases since the pandemic began to 28,264 and 593 deaths.

OPH is aware of 201 active cases in the capital, only 16 of whom were fully vaccinated.

Three more people have been hospitalized, for a total of seven cases, with one patient in intensive care.

There were no new outbreaks, with two continuing outbreaks, one in a sports setting, the other in a retail establishment.

In closely watched indicators, the weekly rolling average of new cases per 100,000 residents is 16.2, while the per cent positivity in testing is 1.6.

The reproductive number, R(t), which indicates the number of people who could be infected by a COVID-19 patient is 1.02. A number over 1 indicates the virus is spreading.


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The latest update of OPH vaccination data shows that, as of Friday, 79 per cent of those 12 and older were fully vaccinated, while 85 per cent had received at least one dose.

There have been 1,402,040 doses administered to date.

Latest COVID-19 cases in Ottawa

Cases continue to mount in Ontario as a Delta-fueled fourth wave of COVID-19 continues to grow.

Ontario reported 835 new cases on Saturday, up from 781 in Friday’s report.

The health agency reported seven new deaths, although six of the fatalities occurred more than two months ago and were added in a data cleanup.

There were 575 cases reported resolved.

There are 343 patients hospitalized in the province, only 30 of whom were fully vaccinated, Health Minter Christine Elliott noted in a tweet.


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Intensive care cases rose by four, to 132 patients, 87 of them on ventilators.

The numbers bring the total number of cases since the pandemic began to 563,591 cases and 9,496 deaths.

Ontario administered 36,195 doses of vaccine on Friday, bringing the provincial total to 20,679,316 vaccine doses.

Among Ontarians, 12 years old and older, about nearly 75.9 per cent have two doses, while 82.7 per cent have one dose.

In the capital region, Eastern Ontario Health, which covers Cornwall and Hawkesbury, reported 11 new cases, while Kingston region reported two and Renfrew County reported one. Leeds Grenville region showed one case removed due to a data cleanup.

Meanwhile, senior government sources told The Canadian Press Friday that a plan for a vaccination certificate system is still taking shape, with the final details still being worked out.


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The sources said the planned system — which would limit access to certain non-essential services based on vaccination status — will go to cabinet for discussion before an announcement is made.

The introduction of a vaccine certificate, or “passport,” system would mark a major reversal for Ontario Premier Doug Ford, who has publicly rejected the idea in the past and said it would create a “split society.”

Latest COVID-19 news from Quebec

Quebec reported 604 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday, but no additional deaths attributed to the virus.

It was the third consecutive day that the province has logged more than 600 new infections.

Public health data shows hospitalizations rose by five to 131, while the number of people in intensive care rose by two for a total of 38.

Health authorities say 27.7 per cent of the new cases were among those who were not vaccinated or had received only one dose in the past two weeks.

Health authorities say the risk of infection is more than eight times higher for people who are not vaccinated while the risk of hospitalization is up to 22 times higher.

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